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Agriculture in the times of COVID-19

Posted on August 18, 2021 by Sunny South News

By Jaxon McGinn
Local Journalism Initiative reporter
Sunny South News

Agriculture in the times of COVID-19 The effects of COVID-19 have been felt in almost every sector, and agriculture is no different. Social distancing requirements and travel restrictions had prevented some farmers from sowing their crops, leading to labourer disruption and wreaking havoc on supply chains.

Although the picture has been bleak, some say the pandemic has brought a wave of innovation that could transform the sector in the long run. The Barons and District Ag Society had difficulty during COVID-19 based on many events like the Farmers’ Market, Turkey and Prize Bingo and the Mistletoe Market – all being cancelled due to COVID-19. “We did walking groups three times a week for the seniors to get out and get some exercise, and of course, that all had to be shut down. Our Farmers’ Market, our Craft Fair we did in the fall, everything was just done,” said Ag Society Treasurer Tracy Elke.

Elke pointed out many people rely on the Farmers’ Market throughout the summer and even the Craft Fair – so it had an effect on the events that help the society raise funds annually and for local businesses to make a profit. “We are just starting our first Farmers’ Market in September for the long weekend, so that’s the first function we’ve done since COVID- 19,” added Elke. Barons’ Ag Society didn’t rely on government grants during the pandemic. The Ag Society noted many businesses are “going under” because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The organization felt they’d rather have the money go to the local industry around Barons. Baron’s Ag Society relies on the support of the community. Even after COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted through the province of Alberta, many local communities need assistance from community members to survive the economic devastation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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